The Little Epicurean

Aug 29 2014

Slow Cooker Creme Brulee

Slow Cooker Creme Brulee (flavored with tea!)

There are few things that scare me in the kitchen: breaking down and cooking fish, dull knives, and taking a water bath out of the oven.

On more than one terribly unfortunate occasion, I have spilled hot, hot, HOT water all over the floor and splashed it all over my legs.  Yes, simmering hot water all over my legs.  I’m just super thankful that I have never been badly burned.

For the longest time, I hated making crème brûlée–simply because I did not like removing the crème brûlée ramekins and water bath out of the oven.

Custards and other egg based desserts need to be cooked “low and slow” to prevent that unwanted eggy-taste.  Don’t try to cook crème brûlée without a water bath.  The custard needs to be gently heated so it doesn’t turn into a rubbery, jello mess, which is the case when it is overcooked.  Well, I’m happy to share with you my water bath alternative- the slow cooker!  YES, a slow cooker set on low heat turns into the ideal water bath for crème brûlée.

Slow Cooker Creme Brulee

Traditionally, crème brûlée consists of heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla.  I lightened this version a tad with the use of whole milk.  Feel free to use all cream.  You will end up with a creamier and silkier treat.

Instead of vanilla, I’ve infused my crème brûlée with tea!

Slow Cooker (tea-infused) Creme Brulee

My friends at TeaGschwendner sent me a couple bags of my favorite teas.  All summer I’ve been sipping on cold brew Caipirinha tea.  But lately, I’ve been having a change of heart.  Have you noticed all the cute sweaters and fall colors making their way into fashion magazines and shopping malls?  I couldn’t help myself.  I started a bit early with the fall flavors in the kitchen.  I used TeaGschwendner’s Cinnamon Stars to make this tea-infused crème brûlée.  Cinnamon Stars (made with Rooibos tea and honeybush tea) works wonderfully for desserts because it smells and taste like freshly baked cinnamon rolls wrapped in vanilla beans.

Aug 27 2014

Frozen Fudge Bars

Frozen Fudge Bars

As a kid, I loved Fudgsicles.  It has been years since the last time I enjoyed a fudge bar.  I finally caved in and was about to pick up a box at the market.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the selection of chocolate fudge bars in the freezer section.  Did I want the low-fat

Aug 25 2014

Balsamic Ginger Soba Noodles

Balsamic Ginger Soba Noodles

I’m not much of a salad person.  Could you tell?  I am definitely a carb person.  I live off of cookies, cake, and ice cream.  But as an almost 30 year old, I try to incorporate as much fruits and vegetables into my diet.  Obviously, sugar can only sustain me for so long before I

Aug 22 2014

Espresso Gingersnap Cookies

Espresso Gingersnap Cookies

Summer isn’t even over and fall baking seems to be sweeping the blogging sphere.  My Instagram feed already shows signs of pumpkin, cinnamon, and yes, even peppermint! I am not ready for fall.  I’m still savoring summer. I also noticed that Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte has its own Twitter account.  Really?!  The account has been active

Aug 21 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bundt Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bundt Cake

Because of all the craziness of this summer, I didn’t make Alex a birthday cake.  Blasphemous, I know.  His birthday was almost two months ago and I owe him a cake. Even though I bake him a cake every year, he never expects one.  Alex is quite simple when it comes to birthdays.  I, on

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